Pointe Coupee School Board approves contract with new superintendent, Lemoine to be paid $133,000 a year _lowres

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG - Ronald Kevin Lemoine

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board on Thursday officially locked in Ronald Kevin Lemoine as its next schools superintendent with the unanimous approval of a three-year contract.

The district will pay Lemoine $133,000 a year starting July 1.

In lieu of providing him with a vehicle, the board also agreed to pay Lemoine a $12,000 annual allowance to cover all in-parish travel and reimburse him for any reasonable expenses he incurs when traveling more than 60 miles outside the parish.

Lemoine, 51, is replacing outgoing Superintendent Linda D’Amico, who is set to retire June 30. She currently earns $114,000 annually in the position.

Lemoine, who is leaving his job as acting superintendent of the special school district with the state Department of Education, has 15 years’ experience as a school administrator at the middle, high school and district levels, as well as 13 years of classroom experience as a teacher.

He was principal at Zachary High School from 2003 to 2009 and had yearlong stints as principal at Kenilworth Middle School and assistant principal at Robert E. Lee High, both in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

Lemoine has worked with the Louisiana Department of Education since 2009. He holds degrees from LSU and Southern University.

“His contract is similar to the ones we had in the past and many contracts superintendents have in surrounding parishes,” board President Frank Aguillard said at Thursday’s meeting. “It was a pleasure working with Lemoine on this because we got to see the energy and passion he has.”

Aguillard said Lemoine has opted to not participate in the district’s group health insurance and asked that he receive the same vacation and sick time benefits that other 12-month employees have.

Lemoine’s contract includes a bevy of performance targets concentrated on student achievement, the district’s graduation rates and student enrollment.

The School Board is expecting Lemoine to improve the district’s performance score by at least two points annually and to boost the number of students scoring 18 or above on the ACT.

Lemoine will need to also improve the district’s graduation rate by at least 2 percent each year. The contract also includes mandated annually improvements under Lemoine’s leadership at each of the district’s five schools.

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